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June 20, 2012
Washington, DC– On this World Refugee Day 2013, the Coalition for a Democratic Syria pledges its support to the 1.6 million registered Syrian refugees, as well as refugees around the globe. Media coverage of Syria’s disintegration is dominated by stories of violence and questions of supplying weapons to armed opposition groups. These questions and the conversations they start are important. However, the international community may be so distracted by images of war that it remains woefully ignorant of what UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres called, “the most worrying (refugee crisis) I have ever witnessed.”
June 17, 2013
Washington, DC – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has extended and re-designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently residing in America. This announcement comes after months of hard work by the partnership of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. This past May, the two organizations sent a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano and gathered nearly 1,600 signatures of support urging the Secretary to extend and re-designate TPS status.
June 12, 2013
Washington, DC- Today the White House officially confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad regime. The statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes stated that the United States intelligence community determined chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime and confirmed at least 100-150 deaths due to chemical weapons including Sarin gas. They concluded that the Assad regime maintains control over the chemical weapons and have used them on several occasions over the last year. Additionally, President Obama “authorized the expansion of our assistance to the Supreme Military Council (SMC),” and will increase the amounts and types of direct assistance to the Syrian Opposition Coalition and SMC.
May 29, 2013
Washington, DC–The Syrian Emergency Task Force would like to thank all those involved in making Senator McCain's trip to Gaziantep and to Syria a success, particularly the U.S. Department of State. Senator McCain's visit to Syria signals to the Syrian people that the United States is interested in the wellbeing of the Syrian people and in working towards an end to their suffering.
May 22, 2013
Washington, DC — The Coalition for a Democratic Syria welcomes the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s overwhelming approval of the Syria Transition Support Act of 2013 (S. 960). The bipartisan bill, introduced by the Committee Chair Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), supports the Syrian Coalition and its efforts to achieve a political transition in Syria, authorizes more non-lethal and lethal assistance to carefully vetted elements of the Syrian opposition, establishes a transition fund out of existing appropriations, and imposes new penalties on groups selling weapons or oil to elements of the Assad regime now or in the future.